Coming Attractions: Foreign films, Cole tribute, African American Read-In on tap at Arts Center

Coming Attractions: Foreign films, Cole tribute, African American Read-In on tap at Arts Center
Cindy Chibayere of Francis Scott Key High School reads from "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou during thr 2018 African American Read-In. This year's event, at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster, is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 4, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO / Carroll County Times)

It’s hard to believe that we are already one-12th of the way through 2019, with February starting Friday. Celebrate the month of love by bringing a special someone to one of our many shows. You can find out more at If you aren’t a member of the Carroll County Arts Council, please consider joining. A family membership is only $40, and you get a 10 percent discount on most programs.

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Friday, the Film Lovers in Carroll County (FLICC) kick off the 16th Annual Foreign Film Festival, sponsored by JeannieBird Baking Co. We have a fabulous offering every Friday of the month, beginning with “A Fantastic Woman” from Chile on Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. This film is the story of a transgender woman who is treated with suspicion after the sudden death of her boyfriend. She confronts his family to show them she is a complex, strong, and fantastic woman. The following week, we are showing “Truman” from Spain/Argentina. On Feb, 15, you can view “Dukhtar,” a film from Pakistan, and we close out the festival with the classic “Cinema Paradiso” from Italy. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, or purchase tickets for all 4 films for $22.


If you saw them for A Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas, you won’t want to miss the Eric Byrd Trio Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. for “A Tribute to Nat King Cole.” Cole’s artistry as a singer is honored by this talented group of musicians who play all of his classics with authentic style, including “Unforgettable,” “Straighten Up & Fly Right,” “Love” and more. Guitarist Dan Vogel joins the trio for this engagement, which is sponsored by a Touring Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Come support Carroll County high school students Monday, Feb. 4 for the African American Read-In. Carroll County Public Schools, Carroll County Chapter of the NAACP, and Carroll County Public Library partner to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. All CCPS high schools, plus students from Silver Oak Academy, are participating in this free event that is open to the public. A reception with jazz music will be held from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Readings and performances of African American literature will be presented from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m., see what the buzz is about when you view the Oscar Nominated Shorts! You’ll see all the live action and animated shorts before the awards are presented later that evening at the Academy Awards. Wear shorts and get a free small popcorn. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Thanks to Double Diamond Construction for sponsoring this event.

A View from the Gallery

Easter may feel like a very long time away, but it’s right around the corner at CCAC, and that means PEEPshow! If you want to build a special creation for Carroll County’s largest event, please register online beginning Feb. 1, and start creating your marshmallow masterpiece. Our annual celebration of sugar-covered art is April 12-23.

You still have time to see our winter gallery exhibits. For the month of February in the Tevis Gallery, experience “Elements,” as local artists explore the role of earth, air, fire and water in their creative lives. Artists include representatives from The Art of Fire, working in glass; Maggie Ball, using found objects from nature; Nicole Diem and Alex Simms working in ceramics; Charlotte Laslo, metalsmithing; Virginia Vincent Sperry, rust photography and sculpture; and Thomas Sterner, wood.

In the Community Gallery, we have “Inspired by Pearls,” where 24 quilters from the Four County Quilters Guild, which includes Carroll and surrounding counties, were challenged with the theme of a pearl. This exhibit features their interpretations in quilted fiber embellished with mixed media and pearls.

Behind the Scenes

We have two series of Make It and Take It art classes beginning in February. This is more than just “refrigerator art.” Students will create properly-mounted artwork that can be hung on a wall or used as décor. Ages 5-8 will meet for 6 Tuesdays beginning Feb. 5 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and ages 9-12 will meet for six Thursdays starting Feb. 7. Registration is $120, and members of the Carroll Arts Center get a 10 percent discount.

If you have enjoyed programs at the Carroll Arts Center would like to volunteer, click the “Volunteer Sign Up” button on our website at